Research Fellow in Solar Physics and Space Plasma Physics

University College London
Space & Climate Physics
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We seek to appoint a Research Fellow to undertake research in the area of Solar Orbiter science in the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) at University College London (UCL). The mission is due to be launched in 2020 with new data expected to be available a few months later. This post will bridge the expertise of both the MSSL Solar Physics and Space Plasma Physics groups. Both groups have academic-level involvement in key instruments on the mission. A key question for the Solar Orbiter mission is understanding the source regions of the various states of the solar wind, and determining how the characteristics of those sources influence its evolution through the heliosphere. The post-holder will combine solar remote sensing observations with in-situ data from current missions and combine with modelling to address this question, and initialy prepare for, but then deliver some of the science returns of Solar Orbiter.

The applicant will be expected and encouraged to participate in wider scientific activities of the two research groups, including preparations for future solar and space plasma research missions. This position also offers the opportunity for travel for the post-holder to present their work at relevant national and international conferences and workshops.

The post holder will undertake an active, if informal, role in mentoring more junior researchers, such as PhD and M.Sci/M.Sc project students.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory is located on its own campus in the beautiful Surrey Hills, surrounded by woodland. MSSL is the UK’s largest university space research group. Space science is a discipline that demands highly innovative technologies and MSSL has an international reputation for excellence in this area. UCL was one of the first universities in the world to become involved in making scientific observations in space. Since MSSL was established in 1966, we have participated in over 40 satellite missions with the European Space Agency, NASA (US), Japan, Russia, China and India, and flown over 230 rocket experiments.

The post is available from 1 April 2019 for a three-year period in the first instance, with a possible extension subject to funding availability through the MSSL Consolidated Grant.

The successful applicant should hold or expect to hold, a PhD in a relevant area or have equivalent experience. Expertise in scientific programming, such as IDL, Matlab, Python etc., expertise in processing of observational space and/or solar physics data, and evidence of writing and disseminating science results in papers and presentations are also essential requirements for this post.

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

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Informal enquiries should be made to Louise Harra ( l.harra [at] ucl[.]ac[.]uk ) or Chris Owen ( c.owen [at] ucl[.]ac[.]uk ).

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We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Our department is working towards an Athena SWAN award. We are committed to advancing gender equality within our department.

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